Compact VMC Features Gantry-Style Design


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The M8 Cube high speed vertical machining center from Datron Dynamics features a gantry-style design in a small footprint. The machine is designed for precision production of electronic, aerospace and medical parts, as well as industrial engraving applications.

The machining center features a 69" × 69" footprint and a work area measuring 40" × 28" × 9". The dimensions enable multiple setups and accommodate integrated workholding systems, automation and rotary axes configured to meet the needs of the manufacturer. The machine is equipped with brushless direct drives said to provide faster acceleration and feed rates ranging to 866 ipm. A 3-kW, 40,000-rpm liquid-chilled spindle delivers increased horsepower for heavier machining and flexibility to mill a range of materials. HSK-E 25 toolholders offer precision and runout of less than 1 micron.

The machine is controlled by a Windows-based software program with the flexibility to integrate with third-party software and automation systems. Operator-indicator lights are built in to the gantry and control to provide visible machine status. Options include a spray-mist coolant system, integrated 3D probing and automatic toolchangers with as many as 30 stations and tool-length sensing.


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